This is a short post covering some of the news about Onam this year.
1. In spite of heavy rains and high prices for almost all items, Onam was celebrated with great fervour in Kerala. It is becoming more and more a peoples’ festival than a celebration linked to any religious group.
2. There were two notable variations in the traditional Onam sadya this year. One is that in many cases the food was ordered out and not made at home. This of course saves the ladies a lot of trouble. The second is that in most hotels and clubs, non-veg items were offered at the Onam lunch. Well, times are changing. Chicken goes well with avail.
3. Whether the meal was homemade or bought out, there was a major problem in serving it – shortage of banana leaves! This year Tamil Nadu could not supply enough of these to Kerala. The alternative was plastic ‘leaves’. Most people preferred ordinary plates to these.
4. I haven’t yet got the liquor sales figures, but reports are that this year generally the consumption was lower. The government claims that its efforts to turn people away from drinks have been successful. But another view is that with the hiked up liquor prices, more people are turning to the illicit stuff. Those sales don’t reflect on the records. Less money spent, more kick obtained – forget the anti-liquor ads.
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